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Japan evacuates island after volcano erupts

Toukyo - A violent volcanic eruption in Japan forced the evacuation of an island on Friday, as a huge column of ash was shot high into the sky.

Japan joins U.S. maneuvers in Pacific as tensions with China rise

Sydney - Japan will send dozens of soldiers to join U.S.-Australia military exercises in the South Pacific for the first time ever in an apparent signal to Beijing to scale back expansion in the South China Sea.

Japan files complaint with WTO over S. Korea food import bans

Tokyo - Japan is challenging South Korea's import bans and increased restrictions on foods from Japan after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. On Thursday, the central government filed a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization.

Nazi letter to Soviet wartime agent found in Japan

Toukyo - A birthday letter from a Nazi foreign minister to a legendary spy credited with helping turn the tide of Germany's advance on Moscow has been found in Tokyo, a book dealer said Tuesday.

Japan's second city Osaka says no to flamboyant mayor's reforms

Toukyo - The people of Japan's second city Osaka narrowly voted down Sunday a plan to streamline governance that its flamboyant mayor said would enable the city to emerge from Tokyo's shadow, according to election board figures.

Thousands rally against U.S. military base on Japan's Okinawa

Okinawa - Thousands of people rallied in Okinawa in southern Japan on Sunday in protest against a controversial U.S. airbase on the island, as a two-decade-old bitter row over the relocation of the site drags on.

New Japan volcano island 'natural lab' for life

Toukyo - A brand new island emerging off the coast of Japan offers scientists a rare opportunity to study how life begins to colonise barren land -- helped by rotting bird poo and hatchling vomit.

Japanese aquariums rely on controversial dolphin hunt: Report

Toukyo - Nearly half the dolphins in Japan's aquariums are caught using a controversial fishing method that sees dozens more slaughtered every year, a newspaper reported Saturday.

Japan cabinet agrees military expansion rules

Toukyo - Japan's cabinet on Thursday approved a set of bills bolstering the role and scope of the military, as the pacifist country redefines its position in the increasingly roiled Asia-Pacific region.

Japan academics call on Tokyo to face history

Toukyo - A group of nearly 200 academics, including Pulitzer Prize winners, has published an open letter calling on Japan to face up to its World War II crimes, including its system of sex slavery.

Japan turns to UN to pressure North Korea on abductees

New York - Japan launched a major push at the United Nations on Tuesday to rally support for its drive to settle lingering questions over the decades-old abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea.

Fidel Castro meets Japanese foreign minister in Havana

Havana - Cuba's former president Fidel Castro has met with Japan's foreign minister, Fumio Kishida, local media reported.

Japan: Schools to let transgender students use bathroom of choice

In a landmark move, Japan's education ministry urged local school boards to make certain that schools do more to help transgender children. This comes at a time of increased sensitivity toward sexual minorities by Japanese society and public officials.

Last Tokyo subway gas attack suspect jailed for life

Toukyo - The final suspect in the 1995 deadly nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway was jailed for life on Thursday, for his part in a crime that shocked the world.

Abe offers 'eternal condolences' for Americans killed in WWII

Washington - Shinzo Abe became the first Japanese prime minister to address a joint meeting of the US Congress on Wednesday, offering heartfelt testimony on the need for deeper ties while facing controversy over his views of World War II.

Abe makes symbolic visit to U.S. World War II memorial

Washington - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Washington's World War II memorial Wednesday, hoping to appease criticism of his stance on his country's brutal past ahead of a landmark speech to Congress.

Japan's diplomatic issues in Asia: Key answers

Toukyo - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will become the first Japanese leader to address a joint session of the US Congress on Wednesday and his speech will be carefully analysed for what he says about Japan's past.

'Comfort woman' invited to attend Abe's speech to US Congress

Washington - South Korean "comfort woman" Lee Yong-Soo, forced into sexual slavery serving Japan's war time imperial army, has been invited by US lawmaker Mike Honda to attend Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's historic speech at US congress Wednesday.

Obama hosts glitzy state dinner for Japan PM

Washington - A presidential haiku, sashimi salads and a red carpet awaited Japan's Shinzo Abe at the White House Tuesday, as Barack Obama offered the prime minister a grand welcome.

Obama, Abe revitalize ties as China 'flexes muscles'

Washington - The United States and Japan sought to reinvigorate their 70-year alliance in the face of China's growing clout Tuesday, with President Barack Obama welcoming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the White House.

U.S., Japan say alliance 'cornerstone' of Asia security

Washington - The United States and Japan sought to reinvigorate their 70-year-old alliance in the face of China's ever-increasing clout Tuesday, as President Barack Obama welcomed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the White House.

U.S., Japan widen defense ties in historic sea change

New York - The United States and Japan unveiled new rules for defense cooperation in a historic move that will give Japanese forces a wider global role amid concerns over China's rising sway.

Protester lands drone on Japanese prime minister's office

Tokyo - A Japanese man was arrested after landing a drone on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office. Yasuo Yamamoto, 40, turned himself into the Fukai Police late Friday night, and has admitted to committing the act.

In historic sea-change, US, Japan revise defense ties

New York - The United States and Japan unveiled new rules for defense cooperation Monday in a historic move that will give Japanese forces a wider global role amid concerns over China's rising sway.

Japan military to take more assertive role

New York - The United States and Japan agreed new rules for defense cooperation on Monday that will give Tokyo's armed forces a more ambitious, global role amid concerns over China's rising influence.

Asian countries search for citizens stranded by Nepal quake

Sydney - Asian countries were scrambling on Sunday to locate thousands of their nationals stranded in Nepal after a huge earthquake devastated the Himalayan nation, severing communications and transport links.

Japan ousted by world body over bloody Taiji dolphin hunt

Taiji - Responding to pressure from conservationists, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has suspended its Japanese member because it is involved in the controversial dolphin hunts that take place each year in Taiji.

Past and future hang heavy as Japan's PM heads to U.S.

Toukyo - Japan's leader heads to Washington eyeing the potential prize of a huge trade deal that would anchor his "Abenomics" plan for future economic revival, while still dogged by his nation's wartime past.

Japan ministers go to Yasukuni hours after China talks

Toukyo - Just hours after Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sat down for his first substantial talks with China's Xi Jinping, two of his cabinet ministers Thursday visited the war shrine that Beijing sees as a symbol of Tokyo's violent past.

More than 100 Japanese lawmakers visit Tokyo war shrine

Toukyo - More than 100 Japanese lawmakers on Wednesday paid homage at the Yasukuni war shrine, risking fresh anger from Asian neighbours that were victims of Tokyo's 20th century aggression, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe began a 10-day diplomatic push.
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